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Cover Reveal for Louise Lyons’ Regeneration (M/M, Sci-Fi)

Hello all!

I love sci-fi. I grew up on a steady diet of Dune, ST Next Generation, Firefly, and, of course, repeated viewings of Star Wars. In college I was even geek enough to play the Star Wars RPG, and I am, indeed talking table top games here.

Uber-geek. 

Based on the blurb, this story looks like it will be a good one for anyone who fell in love with deep space. Plus, the cover reminds me of a 1960’s movie poster, which I have to say I love.

Check it out!

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Regeneration

Release date: January 15, 2017

Genre: Gay fiction, science fiction, MM romance

Length: 75,000 words

Cover design: Simon Searle

Blurb

In the 23rd Century in the galaxy of Sigma Kappa, Kim Fortune was the first surviving experimental enhanced human—a regenerate. Aged fifteen, he escaped the lab and years later, his failings as a regenerate and the suspicion of regular humans, leave him lonely and lacking in self-worth. Stranded on an abandoned planet, the arrival of a stricken ship and its crew give him hope that he may finally find what he always longed for—love.

Christian Novak is a successful regenerate with all the intended attributes—including lack of human emotion. Despite their immediate attraction to each other, Kim’s failing confidence, and Christian’s inability to empathize are a recipe for disaster. But war, imprisonment, and danger throw them together, and after each saves the other’s life, their feelings begin to change.

Can a seemingly unsuitable pair ever find love, or is a future together destined to fail?

 

Pre-Order Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAL4NJ8

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NAL4NJ8

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/688822

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Author Bio

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.

Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

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Email: louiselyons013@gmail.com

 

 

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Release Day for The Paranaturalist and Blog Tour Info

 

 

I’m very excited to have made it this far on this book. It has been a long haul. The Paranaturalist isn’t like my magical first two books that were accepted by the publisher without any questions. This one had to be rewritten. I cried over it and sweat over it and at the end of the day and I think it was much better for all that work.

Happy reading!

Ki


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The Paranaturalist

As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.

When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and Owen realizes he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is reacclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.

Read the sample here.

 

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Blog Tour

June 20th

MM Good Book Reviews

Stein’s Station

June 26th

Love Bytes Reviews

June 27th

Long and Short Reviews

June 28th

Open Skye Book Reviews

June 29th

Dreamspinner Press Blog

June 30th

Renee Stevens Blog

July 13th

Rick Reed’s Blog

 

 

 

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Memorial Day Musings and Book Reviews

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Hello All!

This week has been one of those weeks. With the holiday and the humidity here (the air is like fishy soup along the lake) I’ve been moving sloooowly. I am, in fact, writing this blog today to continue to procrastinate rather than getting to writing for the day.

Procrastination is an art form. Don’t let anyone talk you out of that fact.

I’ve been to the beach three times in the last four days, and while I won’t call that procrastination, so much as salvation in this heat (my apartment has no air conditioning because…actually I can’t think of a valid reason for that…money. Yeah, it’s expensive to run an air conditioner…that’s actually a good reason…) it hasn’t improved my word counts any.

 

In the last week I’ve finished a few fun books, and while I can’t quite bring myself to do full write ups of them, I’ll talk about them briefly.

NEW RELEASE!

Bink Cummings His Boy

For years, I lived with him as roommates. Then, one fateful night, things changed. We became more. So much more. The sex was out of this world. Being his boy was the highlight of my day. Until feelings started to creep in and sex wasn’t enough for me. Afraid of losing him, I kept quiet and hoped for a miracle… Could my Daddy love me, too? Or would I continue to be his boy… his play toy?

Warning: Contains shameless adult sexual M/M content, romance, adult language, taboo elements including those of consensual Daddy/Boy (non-incest) relationships, and whatever else that makes it unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Long 39K Standalone Steamy Novella

Read the Sample Here.

 

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Thoughts:

At first I was leery of this read because it started out with a breaking the fourth wall direct narrative to the reader that felt a little bit like the opening to Red Shoe Diaries (AGE TEST!) but, at some point it transferred into a mostly regular narrative with switching points of view.

There is Daddy Kink galore in this book, though nothing truly hardcore. I think, maybe this is more Daddy Kink light? Either way, I enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised when what I thought was mostly going to be a spank book also had a story line.

Overall, I would recommend picking this up for a very light, fast, sexy read.

 

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Superheroes. Evil minions. And one hell of a conflict of interest.

Being related to a supervillain isn’t a big deal to Pat West. So what if his mom occasionally tries to take over the world? All Pat wants is to finish university and become an urban designer. That he moonlights as an evil minion sometimes – that’s just a family tradition.

Then Pat accidentally sleeps with superhero Silver Paladin, otherwise known as reclusive billionaire Nick Andersen. It’s a simple misunderstanding. Pat never means to impersonate a prostitute, honest. But soon Pat is in way over his head, and threatening to fall for the worst possible guy.

When Pat’s mother returns to bring the world to its knees, Silver Paladin races to stop her… and all of Pat’s secrets threaten to blow up in his face. How can Pat reconcile being a minion with wanting a hero? Will Nick’s feelings for Pat overcome what keeps them apart? Or will they both lose everything?

“Love for the Cold-Blooded” is a light-hearted jaunt through a world of superheroes and villains, android dolphins, mind control rays, eldritch artifacts stolen from the tombs of ancient gods, and young men loving not wisely, but well.

Length: 135,000 words

Read the Sampe Here.

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Thoughts:

  1. I was excited to see a fantastically well written, well plotted, and well put together Indie book. As far as I can figure this book was constructed entirely by Alex Gabriel and his team, who are German if my snooping through the book details is accurate. Good on you, Alex. Great job!
  2. This book is hilarious.
  3. The title cracks me up every time I look at it.
  4. There are not enough superhero books in the m/m genre.
  5. This book does a wonderful job at hitting all those quirky, fun things from the 1970’s superhero television shoes. The “sluts” will make you laugh and if they don’t? Well, you don’t have a sense of humor.
  6. There was a wonderful plot and an amazing amount of world construction in this book. It’s done so seamlessly you probably won’t realize it until you put it down, if you ever do, and that takes talent.

This book was great. If you like super heroes and comics you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day in the states and gets a chance to do some reading today!

 

 

Paranaturalist[The]_headerbannerThe Paranaturalist is now available for Pre-Order on the Dreamspinner Press website. Release date June, 27th 2016.

As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.

When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and, Owen realizes, he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is acclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.

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New Project! Valetudinarians and Happy Hippies

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I have to admit I’m relieved to send in Trust Trade. I’ve been working on it since the dreaded and much loved NaNoWriMo last November. I did actually manage to jam out 50k words during November, but, well, check out the stats.

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Working Title: Trust Trade

Series: Gem City Grit

Genre: Contemporary Romance and/or perhaps Coming of Age?

Manuscript Length: 153k (rounded up)

So, I did write a bit more than 50k for NaNoWriMo. Just a bit. I’m hoping my next book doesn’t take nearly as long to write, and, assuming my Sugar Plum doesn’t need any more major surgeries, it won’t. I’m in love with my new project already, deep in it’s grip. Here’s hoping it sails along smoothly, at least on the writing end. Gods know the characters always get beat up, even when I’m trying to be nice.

Ki

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Cover Reveal! The Paranaturalist by Ki Brightly

 

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Hello!

I’m extremely excited to announce the release date for my newest novel, The Parantauralist. June 27th, 2016 it shall be set free into the wild for public consumption. I admit my unending love for these guys. I was sorry to see the story end, and, quite honestly, it may not stop here.

I’ll just have to see where the Muse takes me.

Happy reading!

Ki

 

Release Date: June 27th, 2016

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

No Pre-sale Links Yet!

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As a kid, Joseph Appleyard saw things hidden from others. Now he is The Paranaturalist, an investigator and cohost of a television show that seeks to prove the existence of the paranormal. Some think Joe is crazy, but they don’t realize he knows firsthand there’s more to the world than what most perceive. The trouble is, somewhere along the way, Joe lost his vision and it left his world flat and dull. One night an investigation goes horribly wrong, and a powerful ghostly manifestation sends Joe tumbling into a river. Spirit worker Owen Watson saves Joe’s life, and once they are back on dry land, whatever has been blocking Joe’s vision has been washed away.

When a haunting goes from annoying to dangerous, people turn to Owen Watson. He hates those infuriating hacks from TV, but when he pulls Joe from the river, his mind begins to change. Joe is scared and confused, and, Owen realizes, he might just be the real thing. Together, they work to understand the part of Joe that has been shut away for so long. But just as Joe is acclimating to his abilities, his career as a paranormal investigator is in danger of being ripped away. Owen would gladly battle a bloodthirsty spirit for Joe, but he’s out of his element in the world of reality television.


 

Meanwhile, check out my other gay paranormal romances!

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Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen. 

When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars–the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.

Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.

Threefold Love received a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention 2015.

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Threefold Love was a Runner Up in the Gay Paranormal Category for the Rainbow Awards! It was also a Runner Up in the Best Gay Debut Category!

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Also available from Barnes & Noble, Kobi, Google Play, ARe, and other outlets.


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Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

 

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

E-books and paperback are available for purchase at Amazon and Dreamspinner Press.

Also available from Barnes & Noble, Kobi, Google Play, ARe, and other outlets.

 

 


 

Short Stories

If You Give an Incubus a Cookie

 

Story found in the Simmer anthology by Dreamspinner Press.

Incubus Hal Scand leads a hard life, and the only bright spot is the few minutes he steals at the Cookie Cart each day, where he’s able to forget his problems before it’s back to banging for a buck. Cookie stand employee Porter enjoys flirting with his mysterious regular, but he’s ready for more. And with Valentine’s Day approaching, he has the perfect opportunity to take his chance.

Other stories in the anthology include:

The Cake by Ann Marie James
All Is Well by Dale Cameron Lowry
Another Saturn Monday by R.A. Thorn
Man of Steel by Rob Rosen
Breakfast at Timothy’s by T.J. Masters
A Second Season by Tali Segel
Kneading You by C.S. Poe
Moon Cakes by Tam MacNeil
Tortilla Pie by Rick R. Reed
Taste of the Forest, Dark and Sweet by Charles Payseur
Operation Wild Thumb by Tray Ellis
And Everything Nice by Ada Maria Soto

 

E-books and paperbacks are available for purchase at Amazon and Dreamspinner Press.

Also available from Barnes & Noble, Kobi, Google Play, ARe, and other outlets.

 

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Friday Book Review: Jamie Fessenden’s Violated

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Today I’m reviewing Violated by Jamie Fessenden, published by Dreamspinner Press. There’s a lot to be said for the book. I’ll just dive in. The story was well crafted. I enjoyed reading it, even when it was painful, so there’s definitely something to be said for that. Trigger warnings for this book include, but are not limited to: Rape, violence, relationship/domestic abuse—mental, life downright being shitty, discussions of childhood abuse—both mental and physical, discussions of childhood violence, shitty parents, and a man who owns a monster truck.

I know some of you prefer to avoid anything spoilery (and my reviews always tend to have a bit of that going on because I like to discuss the pros and cons of what I’ve read), so I’ll just say this here and you can peace out if you want: Violated is not a light read. It isn’t a magical “everything gets better because of the other main character’s fantastic penis” story, which is a huge plus to me for its realism. I suggest buying it if you’re in the mood for something dark and angsty, but if you’re freshly out of a sexual trauma or have any in your past, read with caution.

Let’s take a look at the blurb.

Derek Sawyer thinks he has it all—a high-salaried position, a boyfriend, a dog, even a new cabin on the lake—until a business trip with his manager and best friend, Victor, shatters his world.

One night of drunken horsing around in their hotel room leads to the most intensely personal violation Derek has ever endured. As if the humiliation of working under his attacker every day isn’t enough, Victor reports Derek for sexual harassment. Now he’s without a job, without a boyfriend, and the mortgage on the cabin is due.

Officer Russ Thomas has worked with rape victims before, and it doesn’t take him long to sort out the truth in Derek’s tale. With his support, Derek finally reports the crime, months after it happened. But restraining orders and lawyers further Victor’s anger toward him, and even though a relationship develops between Derek and the policeman, Russ can’t be there to protect him all the time.

Take a look at the sample here.

The Good:

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“A little nudity with your breakfast, sir?”

This book deals with rape, but there are fun spots too. There’s levity at the “clothing optional” bed and breakfast with Russ. I also found Russ and Derek’s mutual enjoyment of their furry companions delightful.

The care with which Russ approaches Derek after he finally finds out what’s wrong is so sweet it almost gave me a toothache, but spot on after all the shit Derek’s gone through.

Also, the writing is easy to read and excellent.

The Realistic:

This book talks about rape. Rape is not a light or fun subject, so one thing I can’t stand when I’m reading about it is when there’s no resounding effect on the character. I’m not saying every person falls apart, but it creates waves in a person’s psyche. Over the course of my lifetime I’ve talked to people (mostly women, though a few men) who are rape survivors and the responses have ranged from “I tried to kill myself” all the way to “I pretty much just moved on with my life” on the other end of the spectrum. It’s a very personal thing and circumstances play a huge roll in it, along with personal temperament.

I’m always glad to see books that talk about rape in a realistic way because it’s something that happens. Ignoring it entirely in fiction makes it seem like it doesn’t. That’s not good. Ignoring rape is an invalidation of the real, resounding issues survivors have.

One thing I truly give applause to this book for is hammering home the fact that men are victims too. One study I read from the UK estimate that there are equal amounts of male and female rape victims, though men rarely report it to the police.

Which allows predators to continue victimizing people.

Derek’s responses to his rape are spot. It definitely read as realistic to me. This is one of those situations where everyone reacts a little differently. I can definitely tell that that author put in his time researching this book.

Oddly enough, I didn’t find the rape to be the most disturbing part of this book. Not by a long shot. I found Derek’s original relationship with his fiancé Tim to be the most disturbing aspect. I think it bothered me more because while everyone would agree a rape is traumatic, I’m not sure everyone would notice Derek’s relationship with Tim for the abuse it is. Tim isolates Derek, controls him with his emotions, makes Derek feel trapped and edgy all the time…makes Derek feel guilty and unhappy ALL THE TIME when he’s not doing anything wrong in the relationship. Tim punishes and manipulates Derek any time he steps outside the lines.

And Derek loves him.

The relationship with Tim causes as much damage to Derek, in my estimation, as the rape did, and then made the aftermath of the rape so much worse. Russ had to navigate two mine fields in getting together with Derek: The years Derek put in with Tim, and the rape.

The relationship with Tim was almost too realistic. I would say that relationship nearly made me drop the book rather than the feelings reading about a rape stirred up. Mentally abusive relationships are exhausting, harmful to the self-esteem, and confuse your outlook on the rest of the world.

Oh, yeah, and Derek still has to go to work.

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“HR doesn’t care if you’re traumatized. WORK MOTHERFUCKER!”

I liked the fact that it actually took almost 3 years for Russ and Derek to get to a healthy spot together in a relationship because you don’t get over things like that right away. It takes time.

The Meh:

While I loved Russ…he was almost too perfect. Almost too understanding. He had his moments and he was overprotective of Derek at times, but overall he was just so damned understanding. To be fair, I don’t think this book could have withstood Russ really being a dick on top of everything else, for any reason, so there’s that. If my only real complaint was that Russ was “too understanding” at times, then it’s actually a pretty fantastic book given the subject matter.

My one other complaint was that I could have done without Russ’s sister’s subplot. I felt it turned what was otherwise a well-balanced book into something a bit heavy handed. We didn’t need to know about her trauma to have Russ empathize with Derek.

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Final Thoughts:

Violated was a good book. I read it pretty quickly, which to me is an indicator of how well the story is woven. I think if you’re in the right frame of mind and don’t mind some heavy hitting issues this is a great book to pick up.

For some people this might turn into a longer read because it’s the type of thing you might have to set aside for a day if you get too mired in the emotions.

I purchased this book last week for my Friday Five Challenge and I think it was a good buy. Overall, I would recommend reading it.


 

Pick up my newest release, The Shape of Honey!

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Available at Amazon , Dreamspinner Press, and other retailers.

Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

 

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Excerpt from The Paranaturalist

My next book will be out this summer! Here’s the first excerpt from The Paranaturalist!

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